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God is doing something bigger and better than your project.
projects. One thing that greatly helped me was spending time in the Psalms. The raw honesty of the Psalms fed my soul during that time of failure. I could
Sexual Addiction Destroyed My Pastorate
Exposing the truth was just the first step to redemption.
If a man has not hit rock bottom and is unwilling to prostrate himself before God—allowing God to work his will—and walk in honesty and truth, then he will probably fail to recover.
Eliminate Christian Jargon from Your Church
Let’s throw out the insider language.
Several years ago, I asked a friend, who had little interest in spiritual matters, if he would attend one of our services and answer this question with complete honesty: “What do we say in
When Ministry Is Unfair
A better question than “Why me?”
heal my knees. I no longer burst into tears when life hurts me, like I see my children do. And in growing up, I've lost some honesty. Now, my first response
...But I'm Okay With MY Clichés
Be careful that you don’t find yourself leaving shallow expressions of truth for shallow expressions of falsehood.
Be careful that you don't find yourself leaving shallow expressions of truth for shallow expressions of falsehood.
The Success Affair
Why do so many adulterous relationships begin when ministry is going well?
3. Pastors themselves think they are doingfine. Because of the results they are seeing, pastors may sell their own soul a piece at a time for the sake of success.
Thank God for Quirky Churches
Boring churches won’t change the world. But the quirky ones might.
If your church causes churchy people to shake their heads in confusion at the way you do things, we celebrate you. Quirky Is About Honesty and Boldness. That requires honesty.
3 Ways to Make Your Church a Healthier Place to Work
Is your staff experiencing a spiritual crisis right under your nose?
However, her honesty ignited in me a desire to do everything possible to ensure that none of our current or future staff members will confront a similar crisis.
How I Leverage My Autism for Pastoral Ministry
My life-changing diagnosis forced me to learn myself—and my ministry role—all over again.
Called into Ministry. Then one day, just over one year after graduating college, God called me into ministry. I was frightened but intrigued. What could God possibly do with me?
Who We Are
face. Honesty—We are committed to addressing reality with honesty and without apology. Redemption—We express ourselves without bitterness. When
Pastors in Recovery
Admitting an addiction has its risks ... and real ministry benefits.
do that.". Systemic Semi-Honesty. Serving in else can. Honesty about vulnerability and addiction is a critical part of being in relationship with God. "Our communities
Finding Communal Joy in Lament
Let’s sing the Lord’s song in a strange and troubled land
situation. As the majority of psalms reveal, a true lament complains loud and long to God with honesty that leaves no room for polite self-consciousness.
Protect Students from Sexual Abuse
Churches need to develop solid boundaries and a good reporting structure.
That honesty will open up doors to help prevent anything from happening. It may preserve your career, and it might save your ministry from heartbreak.
Reassembling My Faith
What would make the difference between doubt strengthening my belief or crushing it?
Honesty. It does worse than nothing to look at something broken and say it is not broken. This honesty builds trust, a confidence that just maybe, the clock isn't beyond running again.